Geary, Rick. Treasury of XXth Century Murder; The Lindbergh Child.

Author:Galuschak, George
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

GEARY, Rick. Treasury of XXth century murder; the Lindbergh child. NBM/ ComicsLit. 80p. illus, c2008. 978-1-5616-3529-0. $15.95. JS

The kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby is one of the most famous crimes of the 20th century. Here are the facts: the son of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh is taken from the crib of his second-floor nursery, and a ransom note is left on a radiator cover. The case soon becomes a circus, attracting hucksters, well-wishers, attention seekers, state troopers, wood identification experts and mobsters. Lindbergh pays the ransom, but the baby is never returned and his remains are discovered months later. The ransom money (the serial numbers are recorded) leads to Richard Hauptmann, a German immigrant who declares his innocence. After a sensational trial, some of which is immortalized in newsreel, Hauptmann is found guilty and sent to the electric chair.

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